Arfield hitting the high notes at Turf

Burnley's Scott Arfield despite the attentions of Watford's Gabriele Angella
Burnley's Scott Arfield despite the attentions of Watford's Gabriele Angella

Guitar hero Scott Arfield is hoping to strum a similar tune to former Claret and fellow Scot Steven Thompson.

St Mirren forward Thompson, with 16 SPL goals this term, was the ‘one man band’ behind the club’s rise to the Premier League during the 2008/09 campaign under Owen Coyle.

And now former Falkirk midfielder Arfield is hoping to hit the right notes with his team-mates with the Clarets on the brink of a return to England’s top tier.

The 25-year-old, a one-time member of the band The Begbies, said: “When I moved down to Huddersfield I bought an acoustic guitar and got on YouTube and taught myself.

“It’s just a hobby, some of the boys play golf or snooker but I like picking up a guitar and writing a few tunes and doing a few covers.

“I bring it in for the boys sometimes when they want a wee bit.”

Arfield, who quotes ‘This Charming Man’ by The Smiths as his favourite track, added: “We don’t do it Friday nights, it’s all business but I take it sometimes for training, after lunch we have a wee sing-song.

“I heard about Steven Thompson, there’s that Scottish connection there as well.”

Arfield has been a mainstay in a remarkable campaign for the Clarets, with his contribution proving pivotal. And it was the one-time Terriers’ late equaliser against Watford at Vicarage Road that extended their cushion over promotion rivals QPR and Derby County.

Now the eight-goal midfielder, whose highest return was 10 five years ago which included six penalties, is looking to make double figures for the season.

“That’s my eighth and I’m delighted with that but there are six games to go so you need to keep progressing and see what you can do, and never be happy with what you’ve got,” he said.

“At the start of the season it was Vokes and Ings who were getting the goals and people started seeing it as it being up to them to do it, but it’s never been that way, I’ve always tried to push on and make sure they don’t have to hold all the responsibility of getting the goals.”

Arfield added: “It’s up to players like myself, Junior, Ross, Keith Treacy and Kights getting goals, pushing forward and maintaining what we’ve achieved.

“I’d like to get to 10, I think any player who gets double figures - whether you’re a striker or a midfielder - it’s a good return and I’d be buzzing with that.”

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